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“Lots of fun” 4 of 5 stars
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TopGolf Chicago
699 W. Thorndale Ave., Wood Dale, IL 60191
+1 630-595-4653
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Wood Dale
Type: Game/ Entertainment Centers
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Owner description: TopGolf takes all your favorite leisure activities – bowling, darts and golf – and fuses them with great food and drinks to form a truly unique game and outdoor entertainment facility. TopGolf requires no golf experience. What makes TopGolf so revolutionary? Each ball contains a microchip that awards points by hitting targets that look like dart boards. The further the target and the closer you get to the center, the more points you are awarded.
Greenville, OH
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17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Lots of fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

I went there for a birthday party for my sister and we had the Academy Room rented. It was lots of fun and the staff was great!

Visited September 2013
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English first
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great Way to Play”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Described by my brother as "skee-ball for adults," it isn't too far off from the truth. From one of three different floors, players make themselves at home in a bay similar to what one would find at a bowling alley, select a club and the rest is more or less up to the wind and gravity. A bit more on that later, though.

Taking our clubs, which Top Golf rents out for free, we made our way to Bay 32 and -- despite having been deprived of a Docking Bay 94 reference -- arrived on the second floor of the building. The layout of each bay far exceeded my expectations. I was hoping for slightly more than hard, plastic seats you find at a typical driving range What I found were accommodations more apropos to a tropical cabana.

4 wicker tall chairs, wide enough to ensure the comfort of a man with my ample 290-pound carriage, and an equally high table with standard restaurant fair such as menus and condiments. For the cooler days or people who caught a chill a bit easier than others, there was a heater that could be turned on. With that running and everyone comfortable, I was satisfied that this was setting up for a great family outing thus far.

My brother explained the basics of the game before leading us off to the card readers that doubled as golf ball dispensers. Each of us having opted to go with the $35 lifetime card, which also comes pre-loaded with $45 in game credit, we initially chose to start with two games and see how we felt after. Slowly, balls landed into the dull green buckets with a 'thunk,' thanks in part to the time it took to encode my particular information to each ball.

Snatching up my basket of balls, I headed back to the bay as we discussed our initial play order. My brother, having been before, would go first. I would go second. My sister-in-law, who'd never handled a golf club in her life, would be last.

Dropping the balls through the hole on the holder caused an illuminated white light to signal that the RFID in the specific ball had been recognized. It was then considered in play. After than, apply everything you learned from Caddyshack and Happy Gilmore as you swing away. While it does help to aim for one of the various flags if you're competitive, it doesn't necessarily have to be a game about the highest score.

For the people who do want to play for keeps, the principle operates similar to skee-ball as I touched on earlier, albeit briefly. Players aim for the flags to get the highest score possible. The closer you land a ball to the flag, obviously the better. If you sink a ball in the 10-point zone, akin to scoring a long range hole-in-one, you nab yourself a free game.

After each drive during a game of Top Golf, one of two things will happen. The screen adjacent to your bay will either show a ball icon, illustrating that it didn't score and is thus little more than a dead ball, or it will show a score. When it shows a ball that garnered a player a score, it will include what zone near the flag the ball landed as well as yardage to get an idea of distance. Suffice to say, if you are playing for the best score possible, you'll want to keep an eye on it.

Ordering a pulled pork sandwich and nachos topped with some more pulled pork as well proved to be an excellent choice. Transcending beyond your standard fair outing, Top Golf has a kitchen that can cater next to the best of them. The pulled pork sandwich was easily on par with restaurants like The Patio and the nachos have since become a new favorite of mine - definitely worth having on return trips. As the games progressed, we found ourselves amidst a second game and ordering a second round of food.

A 16oz Starbucks coffee, burrito and cookies later, I feel confident in saying that Top Golf has perhaps of the best, if not the most superior, eateries I've enjoyed during an outing in recent memory. Whoever made that Caramel Macchiato knew what they were doing. The breakfast burrito was effortlessly the equal of something I'd have had at the best of breakfast locales. And, the six chocolate chip cookies we ordered left me wondering who is missing a grandmother, because I'm pretty sure Top Golf has one in their kitchen, making those cookies as I write this.

Getting back to the actual game, we finished the first and second game before deciding it couldn't hurt to play a third. So, as we returned to the card reader to refill our baskets with balls, we looked through the array of games we could play. Being a bit overwhelmed by the choices, we chose instead to continue playing Top Golf as my brother and sister-in-law had found their groove and were progressively developing their golfing skills. As time went on, they became increasingly comfortable, nevertheless the desire to return is thankfully there.

Ultimately, since Sunday, I've been excitedly counting down the time until we head back this Saturday. As we left, my brother and I decided to begin making visits there a regular event.

Visited October 2012
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Lombard, IL
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15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

All i can say is wow. This place is brilliant. I wish i could invest money with them because everything about TopGolf is great. The games, the food, the beer, the workers. It's all fantastic. I like the new buildout for corporate parties. The pretzel buns for the burgers are a nice touch. I could go on and on. Just go check this place out. Only draw back is the price. But you get what you pay for here.

Visited February 2013
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Carol Stream
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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Fun, Drinks, and Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This is a great place to unwind. Hit a few golf balls, play a skill game with friends , have a bite and a drink. Heated in the winter and cooled in the summer makes this place fun year-round

Visited December 2012
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Markham, Canada
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Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Wow Golf the way it should be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

Love the idea of Target golf with GPS tracking on the golf balls and a video display to indicate your points. I took my family with two kids under 12 and they had a great time. Nice to have drinks and a sitting area where you are teeing off.

Visited August 2012
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